Bisto Awards Shadowing Scheme

It's a very exciting time for children's literature in Ireland at the moment. World Book Day is next Thursday, 3rd March and the number of events and children getting involved grows every year. Next week is also the time for us to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge ('week of the Irish'), so we all need to use our Irish language skills (even if they are very limited.... trust me, mine are very limited.) And, if this wasn't enough.... the good people at Children's Books Ireland are preparing to announce the shortlist for the 21st annual Bisto Children's Book of the Year Awards. With this in mind, the call is being put to all school teachers, librarians and young readers all across Ireland to sign up and take part in this year's Shadowing Scheme. The Shadowing Scheme is a guided reading programme designed to involve young readers with the 10 titles selected for the shortlist, and to allow them the opportunity to give their input on the selection. Registration is free, and participation is always exciting. When the Bisto Awards are announced, a special Shadowing Scheme award is given based on the input of the children. And I have always thought that if you want to information on a good children's book, ask the children. So, I whole-heartedly ask all of you out there, whether you are teachers, librarians or if your child or teenager is involved in a reading group or book club, please, please register for the Shadowing Scheme!


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